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French Toast

Sunday morning quickie – French toast is easy and almost foolproof. Add crispy bacon and you’ll be saying “What Hangover?” The French bread is better if it’s a day old. If T has made her Caesar Salad the night before, it’s the perfect way to use up the rest of the loaf we had for the […]

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Wine Braised Beef with Tripolina Lunga

YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS! This is definitely one of my signature dishes.  As I mentioned in my first posting, this recipe is a perfect example of my obsession and love of food and cooking. Inspiration: It started with braised short ribs at Cioppino’s, then a Wolfgang Puck recipe, and over to a  Giada de Laurentiis […]

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Wine of The Night – Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon

Out of all of the Napa Cab-Sauvs we’ve tried in the $20ish dollar range, the Avalon is my new favorite.  I really enjoy the Liberty School and the Ravenswood as well, but the Avalon is more of a mouthful. Please give it a try if you haven’t already. It’s $23.78 at the B.C. Liquor Store. If you don’t like it, […]

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Places To Buy Dog Stuff

We spend a lot of dough on dog stuff: food, toys, grooming supplies. It’s in my nature to over-research the things I buy, so I thought I’d share my faves and maybe save you some time. Food is an interesting topic with our dog. Because of allergies and her medical challenges, we’ve been all over […]

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Crab Cakes

This is T’s recipe.  It’s a great go-to appy that is pretty quick to throw together. We think the fresh crab with the canned is a good combo. The canned is usually finer and helps bind the cakes. With fresh crab meat going for $39/pound, it also helps with the price.  The sauce we serve […]

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Wine of The Night – Church & State 2005 Syrah

Church & State 2005 Syrah We were told about this winery during a class featuring B.C. wines. We didn’t taste any Church & State wines that night, but the instructor explained that Master Winemaker Bill Dyer, who previously brought his skills to much-loved and hard-to-get Burrowing Owl products, was now working with Church & State just outside Victoria, BC. When I got home I did […]

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Lemon Tart – French Laundry Meets Jello

I’m a freak (please hold off the chorus of “We Know!”) for lemon tarts. As a child, lemon meringue pie was my favorite desert. Though, to be honest, I could do without the meringue; thus my obsession with tart. Il Giardino is one of our favorite restuarants.  There’s nothing better than Old School Classy Italian. Sure, they call […]

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The Original Post – Includes Mother Mary’s Red Sauce

I have a feeling this first posting is going to be all over the place.  Seriously: Food, Wine & Dogs? Couldn’t I narrow it down?  Short answer: NO.  These are my passions/obsessions and if I’m going to prattle, it’s got to be about the things that I love. I think I need to set the tone early – Yes, those […]

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Pea Soup and Yoga

Two rules to live by:  Don’t drink and drive & Don’t eat pea soup and go to yoga class. In all seriousness, drinking and driving is deadly.  Eating pea soup and going to a yoga class a few hours later is deadly embarrassing. It all starts with a frozen ham bone.  I love to make […]

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